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The Monk Who United Europe

Format: 1 x 59
Broadcaster(s):  BBC
Available in HD

Travel through Ireland, France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to discover the story of a man who brought fresh and radical thinking to a divided Europe in crisis in the wake of the fall of the Roman Empire.

Columbanus, a monk and an outsider from Ireland, built the monasteries which became Europe's first universities, established a writing system to encourage the spread of liberal values, and risked his life when he demanded high standards of leadership from powerful leaders - bishops, kings and even popes. These foundations are said to have preserved Western civilisation through the Dark Ages.

In the often fractured Europe of today; the lessons of Columbanus are just as relevant. Be reminded of how openness and diversity can encourage positive progression.

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